Pause Samford

4.8
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327 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Modern Australian
Pause is a surprising find on the green Northern edge of Brisbane in Samford Village. Just 25 mins from the CBD finds you comfortably entertained in our al fresco dining area, or inside our air-conditioned rooms, with a menu in hand that is sure to excite.

Our Italian Chefs craft their dishes from scratch, with emphasis on locally grown produce, much of which is grown in Samford. Fresh, simple, quality ingredients are masterfully plated with European flair, complemented by a generous wine list with both Australian and International offerings.

We love entertaining groups (especially Birthdays!), and have a large Deck overlooking the Valley that can accomodate groups up to 24. We can cater for up to 90 guests dining, or 125 "cocktail" service with small plates and canapés.

We are perhaps best known for our 7-8 course "Leave it to Chef" degustation, which parades 5 courses of food from our current menu across your table. It's a special experience, and highly recommended.
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L
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

I would as it’s a lovely setting and lovely staff. The food was not as good as I was expecting. Perhaps due to it being a busy night and set menu. The Brisket for main was quite tough and not soft/falling apart as you would expect for 48 hour slow cook and the advised high level of meat. The idea was there though and other dishes were enjoyable. The desert was a bit underwhelming with mashed banana served on a chocolate pudding (and the pudding was cold). Also one of us had the meringue and twill on top which was nice but the other missed out so not consistent plates. On the positive, the ambience was lovely and staff were helpful, didn’t have to wait long for our food.

CT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Beautiful food experience, with lovely staff. Only negative, tables were very close together

CB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We were made feel very welcome on arrival and it was as if we were the only ones there. Great wait staff knew how to look after us without being intrusive. Food was great!

HE
London
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another top dining experience at Pause - the vegetarian options were delicious and my husband thoroughly enjoyed his steak; dessert was sublime. Service was spot on as usual - we always feel well looked after here!

BC
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome will definitely be back!

MK
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is a very interesting restaurant, with great food and lovely people who both serve and advise on wine. It's bliss, in a way.

JA
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Always great food and service. Chef never ceases to amaze us each time we dine at Pause

DL
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful atmosphere, genuine service, incredible food... we will be back to experience this magic again

KH
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great Australia Day lunch and live music. fixed good price for delicious food.. staff helpful. Would definitely go back.

LJ
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Always a great experience with excellent service and wonderful, fresh food

DP
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food with great service. The lunch menu was great value. Very friendly and welcoming.

OT
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience5

Mum and daughter lunch

GT
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Pause never disappoint

DG
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

My two companions thought the Marinara was outstanding & my Arancini & pea entree was a delight. As usual, the wait staff were delightful & selected a beautiful Pinot noir to accompany our meal.
Thanks again Greg & staff. Deanne G

AR
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good food, good service and friendly atmosphere in our local community

M
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food here is always great, staff are attentive, choice of drinks is excellent. Would thoroughly recommend.

MW
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We had the two course special which was great value. Husband had entree and main and I had main and dessert. All were generous servings and very well cooked. Service is always very good with water topped up regularly and drinks always bought out as needed and requested.

GM
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Pause Samford is a gem in a semi-rural setting. The food is exceptionally good and inspired by strong Italian traditions. The Canadian Scallops and waygu Eye Fillet were delightful this night. The staff are friendly, efficient and knowledgeable. The wine list is well priced and filled with wonderful Italian options. A must for locals and those prepared to travel a bit further for an outstanding meal

AW
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another sensational meal at Pause. We are regulars and this lunch was one of our best experiences there yet. Extremely good value and, most importantly, the food was divine. Thank you!

NM
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful everything. Food, staff, ambience. My go to for special events.

BA
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a nice lunch. The food & service was excellent. I would recommend Pause for lunch or dinner.
The prices are reasonable for the quality served.

KH
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another enjoyable night. I entertained a friend who had never been to Pause. They were impressed and will return.

MP
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have eaten at Pause on many occasions. Always five star everything.

MF
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Had a birthday celebration with the degustation menu. Just beautiful food! Absolutely loved the duck! I highly recommend this restaurant! They pay attention to detail and are very keen to please.

N
London
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

Excellent Food, we had the Florentine Steak which was really good, wine by the glass is a little on the stingy side. Our second visit and will definitely be going back.

BC
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Do yourself a favour. Awesome food and service. Can’t wait to come back.

KT
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We bought some friends to Pause for lunch and had a fabulous time! Thanks again Pause team.

GT
Brisbane / QLD
3 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Pause never disappoints, we send all of our friends there as well

DB
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best restaurants in and around Brisbane. Inventive and delicious menu options, presented superbly and with excellent service. Lovely environment too. Would recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting a special dining experience.

KP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An evening to celebrate an occasion. We were quickly greeted and seated. First time there and won't be the last. Had the 300gram steak with included glass of Grenache. Both were very good and represented good value for money - $39 special. Service was spot on, the atmosphere sitting outside was good - noise level was low and we were able to converse easily. Have already mentioned to friends and recommend that they go.

JB
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

This is a lovely place however they need more staff. The food was okay but not great for the prices charged. We’ve visited before but won’t be rushing back.

MR
Brisbane / QLD
3 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

Yes, I would. I think the staff and service personnel were just having a bit of an off night.

TS
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely incredible experience - delicious food and delectable wine paired brilliantly with amazing service

CM
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just a great place no fuss amazing food. Very good with my pregnant partner nothing was a issue. Loved the cool drinks we will be back. 5 stars

GT
Brisbane / QLD
3 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptional restaurant. We have never had a bad experience!!

VW
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic lunch. Phoned to check out suitability for very elderly parents and they couldn't have been more helpful. Staff were excellent as was the food. Will be returning.

AB
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sensational pasta, brilliant service, they go above and beyond

LT
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our third time dining at Pause Samford and it is always a delicious experience met with courteous and knowledgeable staff. We had a wonderful 20 year anniversary dinner and were so glad that we chose Pause to celebrate our ❤️

RC
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere was first impression, quickly backed up by excellent table service and some great food. We had a wonderful evening thank you

DC
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Absolutely. Great venue food and staff. We had a great afternoon, listening to great Jazz and wonderful food. Excellent